Utter Quotes (3 quotes)
Among people I have met, the few whom I would term great all share a kind of unquestioned, fierce dedication; an utter lack of doubt about the value of their activities (or at least an internal impulse that drives through any such angst); and above all, a capacity to work (or at least to be mentally alert for unexpected insights) at every available moment of every day of their lives.
Cuvier brings the void to life again, without uttering abracadabras, he excavates a fragment of gypsum, spies a footprint and shouts: Look! And suddenly the marbles are teeming with creatures, the dead come to life again, the world turns!
Nature! She is the only artist; working-up the most uniform material into utter opposites; arriving, without a trace of effort, at perfection, at the most exact precision, though always veiled under a certain softness.